Rising stars under the stars? It’s a formula that’s been known to work hereabouts, if not lately.
Teresa Tapia announced Thursday that her organization will stage a boxing card outdoors, in a parking lot at Hotel Cascada, on May 30.
The show is believed to the first boxing card held outdoors in Albuquerque since 2006.
Albuquerque welterweight Josh Torres (12-3-1) is scheduled to fight the main event against an opponent yet to be announced.
In his last fight, Torres saw a five-bout winning streak snapped at Madison Square Garden. The Albuquerquean lost by unanimous decision in November to unbeaten prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison.
Though the scorecards reflected a lopsided result (100-90, 98-92, 98-92), ringside reports indicated that most of the rounds were competitive.
“When you’ve fought at Madison Square Garden and you’ve been that close to that next level, so close you can taste it, you won’t settle for anything less,” Torres said Thursday at the news conference. “… Whoever (the opponent) is, we’re definitely gonna be ready. I’m so hungry right now.”
Both amateur and professional matches are scheduled to be contested.
Other pro fights include:
Junior welterweight Sammy Piar (1-0-1, one KO), of Albuquerque, against El Paso’s Josué Garcia (1-1);
Junior lightweight Gabriel Gabaldon (1-0) against fellow Albuquerquean Brandon Salazar (1-3);
Albuquerque super bantamweight Jason Sanchez (3-0, one KO) against Fruitland’s Jazzma Hogue (3-5-1, one KO);
Moriarty featherweight Brenda Gonzales (2-1, one KO) against an opponent to be named.
At least one other pro match is being planned.
Salazar, who lost to Gabaldon by majority decision last May, said he’s been aching for another shot.
“To finally (get a chance to) redeem myself is a great honor,” he said.
There’s a revenge angle regarding the Hogue-Sanchez bout, as well. One of Sanchez’s three victories came at the expense of Saunitu Hogue, Jazzma’s brother.
Gonzales is a King of the Cage MMA champion. She hasn’t fought in the cage or the ring since last May, when she broke her arm in an MMA fight in Japan.
Ron Samardzia, director of sales and marketing at Hotel Cascada, said he’ll be able to seat 800 to 1,000 patrons around the ring in the hotel’s east parking lot.
In addition, he said, Hotel Cascada will sell packages for rooms overlooking the ring. Those accommodate about 200 more patrons, he said.
“Each one of those will have eight to 10 seats on the balcony,” Samardzia said. “So, you’ll have premier seating.”
Teresa Tapia has been promoting boxing cards for several years, at first with her husband fighting the main event. This is her first since May 31, 2013.
“We’re glad to be back,” she said. “It’s been a while. … (Now) we have a lot of projects going on.”
A late May date has special significance for her. Johnny Tapia died May 27, 2012.
Tickets are scheduled to go on sale today at noon at holdmyticket.com.